Weed Habitat

  • Native to tropical Africa, Gambia pea is common in disturbed sites, roadsides, overgrazed pastures and in riparian habitats.
  • Seeds toxic to poultry, leaves toxic to rats.

Description

  • Erect annual or short-lived perennial herb to 1 m.
  • Stems finely ribbed and hairy.
  • Leaves have 3 elliptical leaflets up to 8 cm long.
  • Characteristic rabbit-ear-like outgrowths where the leaf stalk is attached to the stem.
  • Flowers are pea-like, yellow with orange or brown streaks, on a short stem at the ends of branches.
  • Inflated pods 15-20 mm long, brown when mature, with many small orange seeds which rattle when ripe pods are shaken.

Gambia pea - Crotalaria goreensis

Gambia pea - Crotalaria goreensis

Gambia pea - Crotalaria goreensis

Declaration

Currently not declared however under the Biosecurity Act 2014 you still have an obligation to prevent or minimise a biosecurity risk posed by a pest.